Remains of Army Air Force Pilot killed during World War II identified

Julia LeDoux
March 19, 2020 - 10:46 am
U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Ernest L. Roth, 20, of Los Angeles, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 4, 2020

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

An Army Air Force Pilot killed during a bombing run over Germany in World War II has been accounted for.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Thursday that 1st Lt. Ernest L. Roth, 20, of Los Angeles, California was recovered on Feb. 4.

Roth was a pilot with the 359th Bombardment Squadron, aboard Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force in Europe when he was shot down on May 19, 1944. According to the DPAA, he was piloting a B-17G bomber and was on a bombing run over Berlin when his plane was hit by German fire and crashed.

Six of the 10 crew members, including Roth, were killed as a result. The Germans recovered the bodies and reportedly buried them in the Doberitz cemetery.

In 2018, the DPAA used anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence to identify Roth's remains. He will be buried in Los Angeles at a date to be  determined.

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